Rowan Blossom is one of the five florists taking part in this year’s British Flowers Week campaign and exhibiting at the Garden Museum in London. And here is the wonderful lady behind the design, Rowan Lewis, who I first met back in 2017 at A Most Curious Wedding Fair.
After leaving a career in fashion to start her floristry business in 2015, Rowan specialises in dreamy and natural creations using seasonal flowers. Her clients include Elle, Matthew Williamson, Manolo Blahnik, Matches Fashion and Topshop. Read on to discover more about the inspiration for her stunning installation based on the theme of ‘Memories’…
Growing up in the Cotswolds countryside, Rowan’s distinct memories of her childhood were of catching (and releasing!) grasshoppers in the meadow. She remembers picnics nestled beneath the trees in the orchard and sowing seeds in her garden. Her aim with her design was to combine these three fond memories.
From Pratley at New Covent Garden Market, she sourced peonies from Lincolnshire. Plus sweet peas, herbs and foxgloves from Essex. The Botanic Nursery in Wiltshire supplied intersectional peonies. And garden roses were sourced from Seale Nurseries. All the other plants and cut flowers were provided by Kate’s Cutting Patch in Gloucestershire, a business run by mother and daughter team, Kate and Emma Whittaker.
Real chunks of meadow were dug up from the Whittaker’s land and transplanted in The Orangery in the Garden Museum. There’s a mini wild flower meadow, where buttercups and grasses mingle with knapweed, ox-eye daisies, bird’s-foot trefoil, mallow, foxgloves and daucus.
Beneath the sari-lined tented area, a nod to Rowan’s Sri Lankan heritage, sit garden chairs and a table next to a rambling rose and jasmine strewn arbour.
And in the ‘working side’ of the garden, there’s a raised cutting patch brimming with nigella, cornflowers and camomile. You may also be able to spot the subtle nod to the gardener who tends the flowers by way of tools, wellies and a sunhat.
Scroll down for lots more photos of this beautiful slice of English countryside…
Many congratulations Rowan on your stunning installation! If you’d like to see more of her work, simply head over to the Rowan Blossom Instagram account. And you may also like to buy a copy of her recently released debut book, ‘Living with Flowers: Blooms & Bouquets for the Home‘.*
Rowan’s floral design, together with the other four installations, is on display at the Garden Museum until this Sunday, 16th June. And I highly recommend a visit!
(Images: Rona Wheeldon | Flowerona)